JumpStart Georgia is a registered non-governmental organization which applies open-source technologies to open up public data and shed light on issues of social importance.
JumpStart Georgia seeks to translate complex issues into a language a wider audience can understand and use to participate in fact-based discussions and ultimately make more informed decisions.
We tell stories creatively using data, technology, and design to inform our community about social issues. We:
- Inform people about complex issues with engaging storytelling and fact-based research;
- Educate people to use data, technology, and design to tell stories;
- Create and advocate for open source platforms and tools; and
- Partner with national and international organizations to increase impact.
JumpStart Georgia was founded on 28 October 2009 as Open Maps Caucasus and seeded with funding from JumpStart International. At the time, public street data did not exist and tools such as Google Maps and OpenStreetMap were empty of any data. In under a year, JumpStart led a community-driven campaign to map all the streets in the country and succeeded. Following its success, JumpStart submitted the data to Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, and Nokia, thus seeding common digital mapping platforms with a comprehensive dataset to build upon and allowing Georgians to begin using these now ubiquitous tools.
Inspired by the success of the mapping project, JumpStart Georgia now advocates for open data in government, businesses, and civil society. In addition, JumpStart builds data-driven tools to inform and engage Georgians about issues of social importance. Finally, JumpStart collaborates with organizations to strengthen their capacities to use data to inform and engage the public.